Monday, May 18, 2020

Hiya Fourth Graders!

I hope you had a chance to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather this weekend. Here is today’s schedule. It includes continuing to work on the first draft of your teaching book, and on your invention plan.

In addition to today’s Meet, tomorrow afternoon, you’ll have a chance to login to Google Meet to ask me questions about your work. I’m calling it “office hours,” and it’s something new that I’m trying. Come anytime between 1:30 and 2:20 and we can chat about anything you need help with.

News and Reminders:

  • Google Meet this afternoon at 2:00–be ready to share progress and questions about your inventions
  • Office hours on Google Meet tomorrow afternoon from 1:30-2:30

I hope your week starts off smoothly! See you soon!

May 15, 2020

Happy Friday, Fourth Graders!

I hope you had a successful Meet with Ms. Lori and Mr. Mwangi yesterday. I’m sorry I couldn’t be with you. I look forward to seeing you for our Meet on Monday.

Today’s schedule includes two math games you can choose from. It also asks you to share your progress in Writing and Science with me. However much you’ve completed, I’d like to see it so I can help you! You can submit it in Google Classroom, take a picture of it and email it to me–whatever works best.

Have a good Friday and a restful weekend, everyone!

May 14, 2020

Guten Tag, Fourth Graders!

This afternoon we have a Google Meet. You’ll have a chance to share your writing and your work on inventions so far.

Marla has created what she calls “Brain Sparks,” that are prompts for writing and creativity. I hope you’ll try them as a writing activity today.

Here is today’s schedule of activities. Looking forward to seeing you this afternoon!

May 13, 2020

Ahoy ahoy, Fourth Graders!

Welcome to wondrous Wednesday! Today many of you will have a chance to begin drafting your teaching books. Tomorrow you’ll be able to share some of what you’ve written so far during our Google Meet. As always, sharing your writing is optional.

Here is today’s schedule. It includes a chance to continue our virtual field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


  • Google Meet tomorrow afternoon at 2:00


May 12, 2020

Ni hao, Fourth Graders!

It was great to see lots of you yesterday at our Google Meet. I hope you enjoyed drawing with Ms. Neal.

Today you’ll have a chance to start describing your Invention! If you haven’t started working on an invention yet, it’s also not too late to begin. Just go back in Google Classroom in the Science folder and start with the “Interview” and “Brainstorming” pages.

I’ve created another daily schedule of work for today that includes links for you. I hope this makes it simpler to get work at home.

Hope you have a tremendous Tuesday!


Monday, May 11, 2020

Welcome back, Fourth Graders!

What strange weather we had this weekend! It sounds like many towns woke up to snow on Saturday morning.

This week your schedule will look different. Instead of a weekly schedule, I will share a schedule for each day with you in the Morning Message here. When you open it, there will be links for activities on sites like Khan Academy and Lexia, and links to files you can print at home. You will still have assignments posted in Google Classroom as well. Here is the first one for today: schedule of today’s activities.

I hope this makes it easier for you to find assignments.

News and Reminders:

  • Google Meet this afternoon at 2:00
  • Bring paper and something to draw with to our Meet. Ms. Neal will teach you some skills to help sketch your inventions.

See you soon!


May 8, 2020

Ahoy ahoy, Fourth Graders!

It was exciting to talk with you yesterday as you start to become inventors. Today you’ll have the option of finishing your Interviewing page, or beginning the Brainstorming section of your Invention Journal.

If we were at school today, I would be handing out stickers for completed Reading Logs. I’ve found some digital stickers through Google Classroom, and will try to share them with you if you submit your Reading Log. At school we would also have PE today, so try to find a way to get some exercise at home. You might choose some activities from Coach Sadie’s blog.

I hope you have a good weekend!


Activities for FRIDAY

Schedule for this week: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 5_4_20

A prewriting activity for your teaching book: Teaching Book Prewriting

Choose a subtraction practice sheet to complete today; either one from earlier this week, or try this challenge page: Spicy Subtracting Across Zeroes

Invention Journal Brainstorming section: Invention Journal_ Brainstorming

May 7, 2020

Aloha Fourth Graders!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the parade yesterday! Every time I saw one of you, I wished we could slow way down to chat in person.

We’ll get to see one another again this afternoon for our Meet. You’ll have the option of sharing the poem you published at our Meet. Be sure to bring it with you if you think you might like to read it.

Today you will begin working on your Invention Journal. This is the first step towards creating something for the Invention Fair. I’ll answer questions you may have about it at our Meet.

See you soon!


  • Google Meet this afternoon at 2:00.
  • We will share poems, talk about the Invention Journal, and try a game.


Activities for THURSDAY

Schedule for this week: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 5_4_20

Two subtraction “colored squared” sheets to choose from; be sure to get some crayons or colored pencils before starting:

Multiplication Drill sheet (an option if you like this better than Xtra Math): Multiplication Drill 5-7-20

Invention Journal page 1: Interviewing: Invention Journal_ Interviewing

May 6, 2020

Welcome to Wave-Parade Wednesday, Fourth Graders!

I hope to see many of you at the Wave Parade today! Here are the details about the route, if you and your family need them.

If we were at school today, you would have PE with Coach Sadie. Check out her blog today to find some ways to get your body moving at home.

We have another virtual field trip today to a planetarium–a museum that shows you the night sky. I hope you enjoy it, whether you visit today or another day this week.


  • LES Wave Parade today from 1:30-3:00.
  • Google Meet tomorrow at 2:00pm


Activities for WEDNESDAY

Schedule for the week: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 5_4_20

Four newsELA articles (with quizzes and answer keys) to choose from; this week’s articles are about:

An Everyday Math subtraction activity to try: Finding the Difference Activity

Explore this Story Starters website for writing prompts. You can try one today or wait until later this week.

A prewriting activity to think about topics for teaching books: Topics for Teaching Books

Two books about inventors and inventions to choose from; read one that feels “just right” for you, and complete the graphic organizer that goes with it:

Link to our virtual planetarium field trip

May 5, 2020

Buenos días, Fourth Graders!

It was great to see lots of you yesterday at our Google Meet. If we were at school today, you would have Music and Chorus. Check out Mrs. Renauld’s blog to try some Music activities at home.

Today you’ll have a chance to watch a Mystery Science video about inventors and inventions, and share some big ideas you’ve learned from it. Today is also the day to finish your poems and share them with me. It’s also okay to work on them for another day or two, if you need more time.

I hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

Activities for TUESDAY

This week’s schedule: Grade 4 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of 5_4_20

Two Lexia Skill Builders to choose from (if you like these better than Lexia online):

Two subtraction practice sheets to choose from:

A multiplication drill sheet to complete if you like it better than Xtra Math: Multiplication Drill 5-5-20

Link to the Mystery Science video

  • After watching the video, check out this padlet and add 3 big ideas from the video